iOS is one of the two most popular mobile platforms in the world with a fierce and loyal fan following. The presence of your app on the iPhone app store puts you in a unique position to harness this popularity for your benefit. But the path is wrought with a few challenges. Let us look at what they are and how to deal with them.
The demand for quality iPhone apps has always been on the rise since its introduction. Especially with the other extremely popular products that the company is churning out, like the iPad and the iPod Touch, good apps are always in demand. Every app that wishes to be a part of the App Store has to comply with a stringent set of guidelines and quality assurance policies. Even after one becomes a part of the App Store, the product’s popularity is completely dependent upon its design and functional superiority. Here we list out a few problems that you may encounter while building a successful and popular app, and a few things you can do to deal with them.
Challenges in iPhone App Development
With many different devices with different attributes clubbed under the App Store masthead, it is important that your app is compatible with all of them. This means dealing with design issues like different screen sizes and resolutions and development issues like different versions of the iOS. Device compatibility is all the more crucial if you are planning to use cloud connection through various devices, including computers using a software. There are various TaaS solutions in the market that help you through this challenge, but a good design and development team that understands the vitality of cross device compatibility is a must.
When the iOS 7 was launched in September last year, most app developers scrambled to learn the nuances of this new system which introduced a few drastic changes. A major change was the shift from the previous skeuomorphic design which was a widely used design philosophy favoured by Steve Jobs, to a simpler, minimalistic, flat design interface. This meant that developers had their work cut out for them – upgrading the already existing app functionality and design to meld flawlessly with the new changes, and learn their way around the new upgrade to build new apps. While a certain inertia is expected with an OS introduction, app makers have to stay on their toes to deal with drastic system changes.
Network Testing and Offline Modes
Sometimes app builders are lost in the ideal lab situations where the development takes place to not realize the amount of stress that can be applied on the app in a real world situation. A normal user will generally use about five apps simultaneously active on their devices, with many more background processes. The network situation in the real world is also way different than in a development environment. Developers have to take these factors into account while testing the app in different conditions, to check its robustness and lightness. There must also be a good offline platform to run the app so that it can be used by the maximum amount of customers.
No one can understate the importance of design in mobile applications. Especially so with a company like Apple, which prides itself in developing the most beautiful and impeccable products – both hardware and software. No one wants to see an ugly app on a beautiful device. It is beneficial to work with designers who understand Apple’s design-functionality relationship philosophy to create apps that are truly visually compatible with the device. One has to go that extra mile to build a successful iOS app.
Testing and Adaptability
Testing has always been a crucial step for app developers. Apple’s apps are not always very good in the beta testing stage by themselves, nor are they coherent. Also, some APIs are not documented and are difficult to get. Of course, things become easier as the OS gets older, but it still is a lesson for the future. Many developers feel that new apps or upgrades should only be made iOS 7 compatible, especially after looking at the drastic design changes the update introduced, but this is still a matter of preference and should be carefully deliberated over. Its true that there’s no looking back from these changes in the new updates, but at the same time, not making the app adaptable means losing a viable customer base.
In the end, we feel that while making iOS apps, it is advisable to use a similar philosophy as Apple. Focus on smart design and its application to functionality will make your app compatible with the device. Who wouldn’t want to be the Apple of the mobile application business?
Get in touch with OptimusMobility for help with your iOS apps. With years of experience in building and maintaining apps for iOS, we understand your requirements. And we’re always happy to help!